This scam is often targeted at older relatives, hence its common nickname of “The Granny Scam.” But it hits mothers quite often as well, as Barb Scollick can tell you. The Canadian woman was shocked when she received a phone call from her son sobbing that he was in jail after a car collision in which he’d slightly failed a Breathalyzer test. According to The Toronto Son, he asked her to wire $1,995 through Western Union to pay for the other party’s rental car, which she did. He then requested another payment for bail, which she sent. It wasn’t until later that Barb discovered the man she had been talking to wasn’t her son at all, but a scammer.
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